Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has spoken of his immense pride at receiving a first senior England call-up for games against Germany and Lithuania.
Ward-Prowse joined Saints teammate Nathan Redmond in the squad for the first time, having both featured regularly for the Under-21 side under the stewardship of Gareth Southgate.
“It’s an achievement that every young player wants and it’s great to finally get the call up,” Ward-Prowse reflected.
“It’s a massive day for me and my family and everyone who has contributed towards it so it’s a great day.
“It’s important to set goals and that was one of them. Every single day you try and improve yourself and work as hard as you can.
“I’m lucky enough to be given the opportunity to represent my country at a senior level and it’s one that hopefully I can take.”
In typically modest fashion, Ward-Prowse also expressed his gratitude towards everyone that had helped him, as well as attributing praise to the ethos at Southampton.
He added: “It’s another major step in what is a major journey full of ups and downs, good times and bad.
“You look back on all the hard work you’ve put in and the sacrifices not only that my family have made but coaches and friends have made to help me achieve my dream.
“There’s a massive list of people that I want to thank and it’s another step on my journey.
“The club have given me a platform to help me achieve my goals. The club has always been very good at producing young players and giving those players a chance.
“To have been given the opportunity, I’m very thankful to the club."